143 episodes

RTI International’s Center for Forensic Science presents Just Science, a podcast for forensic science professionals and anyone with an interest in learning more about how real crime laboratories are working to do their job better, produce more accurate results, become more efficient, and solve more crimes. This podcast deals with a range of issues, including leadership in the crime lab, new technologies, sexual assault response, and broader challenges for science and public security. We cover every type of forensic discipline, including DNA, fingerprints, trace evidence, toxicology, controlled substances, crime scene investigation, and much more!

The first season of Just Science was developed by RTI International through the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, a program of the National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Justice and funded in part through cooperative agreement [2016-MU-BX-K110].

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RTI International’s Center for Forensic Science presents Just Science, a podcast for forensic science professionals and anyone with an interest in learning more about how real crime laboratories are working to do their job better, produce more accurate results, become more efficient, and solve more crimes. This podcast deals with a range of issues, including leadership in the crime lab, new technologies, sexual assault response, and broader challenges for science and public security. We cover every type of forensic discipline, including DNA, fingerprints, trace evidence, toxicology, controlled substances, crime scene investigation, and much more!

The first season of Just Science was developed by RTI International through the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, a program of the National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Justice and funded in part through cooperative agreement [2016-MU-BX-K110].

    Just Forensic Genetic Genealogy and GEDmatch: Verogen’s Approach_Special Release_141

    Just Forensic Genetic Genealogy and GEDmatch: Verogen’s Approach_Special Release_141

    In this Forensic Science Week special episode, Just Science interviews Brett Williams, the CEO of Verogen, about the GEDmatch database, how it can be used by law enforcement to perform forensic genealogy searches for investigative leads, and the short- and long-term plans Verogen has for the widely used database and related services.

    Verogen is a spin-off of the Illumina corporation and has grown to be an innovator in the realm of forensic genomic technologies. Since their inception, Verogen has evolved from forensic applications to focus on biometrics-based human identification, as a whole. Following this vision, in December of 2019 Verogen acquired GEDmatch, a crowd-sourced database used by millions of genealogy enthusiasts to trace their family trees, but more recently it has been adopted by law enforcement to aid in cold case investigations.

    Listen along with our guest host, Donia Slack, as she and Brett Williams discuss the impact that genetic genealogy and GEDmatch have had on the criminal justice system in this episode of Just Science.

    This episode is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 48 min
    Just The Impact Of Disturbing Media_Digital Evidence_140

    Just The Impact Of Disturbing Media_Digital Evidence_140

    In episode eight, Just Science interviews Dr. Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar from Purdue University about the impact of disturbing media on forensic professionals.

    Repeated exposure to violent and graphic media can have long-term negative effects on digital forensic examiners. Dr. Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar is researching the connection between disturbing media and the examiners who analyze it every day. Listen along as she discusses digital forensic examiners and the impact of disturbing media in this episode of Just Science.

    This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 37 min
    Just Deepfakes_Digital Evidence_139

    Just Deepfakes_Digital Evidence_139

    In episode seven, Just Science interviews Dr. Catalin Grigoras and Cole Whitecotton from the National Center for Media Forensics about deepfakes.

    Deepfakes are a form of synthetic media that replaces an existing image with someone else’s likeness. While relatively new, deepfake technology has grown in sophistication over the last few years. In some cases, the synthetic image is almost indiscernible from the person that it is imitating, which can create a lot of problems for forensic analysts. Dr. Catalin Grigoras and Cole Whitecotton are working to understand and combat deepfakes. Listen along as they discuss the capability, implications, and the future of deepfake technology in this episode of Just Science.

    This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 52 min
    Just NIST's Digital Forensics Black Box Study_Digital Evidence_138

    Just NIST's Digital Forensics Black Box Study_Digital Evidence_138

    In episode six, Just Science interviews Barbara Guttman from the National Institute of Standards and Technology about the first large-scale black box study to test the accuracy of computer and mobile phone forensics.

    In forensic science, black box studies are used to measure the reliability of methods and techniques that rely on human interpretation. Barbara Guttman and her team at NIST are working to measure the overall competency of the digital forensics community at large by releasing an open-enrollment online test available to interested forensic scientists. Listen along as she discusses the parameters of the test, the expected results, and the value of the study in this episode of Just Science.

    This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 26 min
    Just Digital Evidence 101_Digital Evidence_137

    Just Digital Evidence 101_Digital Evidence_137

    In episode five, Just Science interviews Matt Ruddell from Florida International University about their efforts to develop forensic education and training programs at FIU.

    The National Forensic Science Technology Center at Florida International University offers a variety of courses, consulting, and training geared toward forensic scientists. Matt Ruddell and the rest of the faculty at FIU are working to develop accessible programs for law enforcement, military personnel, and now – undergraduate students. Listen along as he discusses the development of digital forensics courses and his experience in the university system in this episode of Just Science.

    This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 35 min
    Just Data Stories_Digital Evidence_136

    Just Data Stories_Digital Evidence_136

    In episode four, Just Science interviews Paul Reedy, Owner of 4th Street Global, a digital forensics and cyber security consulting firm, about data stories and the future of digital evidence. Rapidly changing technology can complicate the analysis of digital evidence. As such, it is imperative that researchers and investigators work to stay on the cutting edge of the digital world. Paul Reedy believes that being proactive when it comes to the development of new digital evidence technologies will help investigators keep up with criminals. Listen along as he discusses tool validation, data stories, and the ever-evolving landscape of digital evidence in this episode of Just Science.

    This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

MelissaLovesaMystery ,

Sexy Nerd Alert

Best Podcast for nerds (even if you think you are not a nerd...you should be). If you are in law enforcement or just a regular Joe or Josette who has an interest in ALL things science-y and justice. (See what they did there? JUST(ICE) Science) God I love a pithy podcast title!

Melissa-Just The Tip-Sters pod

psy ops ,

Great job!

This podcast does a great job interviewing professionals and discussing a jurors perception on processing evidence. It was made not only for professionals but also for students whom are learning about forensic psychology. I believe that this podcast reliable because of the information provided and the real life examples stated thoughout the interviews.

Amymichelle3 ,

Great.

This podcast was very well made. The audio is clear and is very easy to listen to. Just science does a great job finding people that are educated in the forensic field and caters to everyone who might possibly be interested in case studies and how certain things work in the forensic field. I recommend this podcast to anyone that wants to know more about how one comes up with the final verdict to any crime.

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